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Old 07-12-2010, 11:25 AM   #1
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I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

11 days ago I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor (8x7 cm) from my liver. They removed the entire right lobe of my liver as well as my gallbladder. Based on scans, docs believed it was an adenoma, but pathology after the operation indicate it was an FNH. I am home from the hospital, but in a good deal of pain.

Just looking for some folks that have been through a similar experience.

How long until the pain becomes manageable?

Also, any experiences with pregnancy after liver resection/large FNH? I was planning on trying to get pregnant when the tumor was discovered and am now wondering what the feasibility will be of me getting pregnant in the future.

 
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:41 AM   #2
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

Hi. I have 2 FNH tumors, on is 4 cm and the other is 11.8 cm. I am going to see the specialist on Monday. I am worried they are going to tell me i need surgery. I have been reading on here that recovery takes 4-6 weeks!!! Is this true? How was your recovery?

 
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:08 AM   #3
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

4-6 weeks is definitely an accurate estimate based on my experience. I went back to work after 5 weeks, but probably should have stayed out 6. The first 4 weeks after surgery are quite tough.

But the good news is I feel virtually 100% now, so it is definitely a short term (albeit painful and scary) process. I hope that you find out that surgery is not necessary!

 
Old 03-21-2011, 06:31 AM   #4
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

Hi, I had surgery to remove a 6.5 cm tumor in 2002. I had a lot of complications with my surgery so my healing took longer, I was in the hospital for 3 weeks (surgery in July)and then home care until the end of Sept. I did go on to have two beautiful daughters, I also suffer with endo so I understand I am blessed to have them. I suffered 5 losses in between, but as I said I was blessed with two healthy girls. Good luck to you.

 
Old 05-08-2011, 10:32 PM   #5
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

This is a MAJOR surgery. It may take longer that 6 weeks. I am on my 3 month. But, I am alive and my tumor was starting to rupture so I am just happy with how long it is taken because I am alive. Read my posts...

 
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:51 AM   #6
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

I had my right lobe and gallbladder removed in January. It took me until the end of Feb to feel good and I went back to work in March.

I am currently undergoing physio to get my stomach muscles back to full health. I am still in some pain at the moment (nothing serious. I don't even take painkillers for it) which is because all my muscles are tensed up. The physio is helping loads.. but I needed to wait 5 months before I was able for it.

Don't go back to work until you really feel you need to (my brain kicked in around 9 weeks after surgery and I just knew I had to go back then).

Watch your food with the no gallbladder. Everyone is different but you;ll have one or two foods that you can't handle any more (mine is melted cheese - no more pizza /)

On a plus note. I got my bloods back last week and all my liver functions are normal, so you don't have to wait that long before you can properly enjoy a glass of wine again. )

hope this helps.

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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

I had mine Feb. 1, I am just not getting around and going. So for all of you out there do not go back to work until you can handle it. Plus, the anesthetic can really fry your brain. Some days I just can't remember what some people tell me. I do not have a gall bladder either, but I did not have any problem with any foods. But everyone is different. My tumor affected everything about me. My iron count was the one it effected the most. But now it is okay so far....Will have it checked next week. No more Iron infusions will be great. I was also throwing up all the time for NO reason. That has stopped. The tumor was pushing my stomach and that was why I was thrown up. Now, looking back, I can tell how much of the last two years my tumor was sucking the life out of me. I am already doing more that I have done in the last two years. Yes... THANK YOU My LORD and Savior for guiding me to Dr. G. I am so glad everyone I have talked with in this forum is doing well. Continue doing well.. best wishes for all. Oh.. I did try to get an answer from the Dr. about craving eggs for some of us and all I get is... if you are craving the Healthy Eggs... keep it up.. much better that chocolate cake. I would have to disagree with that, but I do love eggs...This answer was from the NP.

 
Old 06-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #8
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

Hi everyone

This is my first time posting here on these boards however it was really a huge help reading everyones experiences when i was going through it all last year.

In October 2010 i reported chest discomfort (pressure) to the doctor, after them checking EKG and clearing heart they told me it was anxiety - which is something doctors have been telling me for years. I told the doctor that it is not anxiety and something is not right - he then felt my stomach around rib cage and realised that there was something abnormal

Following were ultrasounds and MRI's - resulting in what appeared to be quite a large FNH on my liver. Surgery was suggested because it was already creating symptons. I had my liver resection in Feb this year, where the tumor was removed (turned out to weigh 795grams) and where they removed the gallbladder as well (was not advised of gallbladder removal until follow up 6 weeks later though).

ANYWAY this all leads to my reason for posting. I have had a marvellous recovery and for the most part feel great.... However i still get the chest discomfort. It is definatley not my heart, this has been all cleared. They thought it was gord and prescribed medicine for it - doesnt seem to be doing all that much though.. It does hurt more during certain parts of my menstural cycle - leading me to think hormone levels..but that was cleared as well.

GP's basically unsure.

Does anyone else still experience chest pains after surgery? I was told by surgen that the way they inflate the chest up and out to perform surgery i would have the chest pains for a while. Also i figure my chest cage is prob out due to the tumor was positioned up and under ribcage originally. Pain is mostly in sternum.. and it does have a lot of heartburn/indigestion like qualities... i am just perservering with the Nexium prescirbed at the moment and hope it will work out. But the discomfort is basially constant - different levels of pain.. but it is always there. Not enough for me to bother with pain medication... but its there.

Thank you for any replies
Belinda

 
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

My pain was never in my chest. My weigh 1463grams and was 14.7 cm. I am sure you already read how it was bigger than my head. My problem was that I was throwing up for no reason, chronic loss of iron and felt like the life was being sucked out of me. My surgery was Feb. 1. I still have discomfort where my tumor was, where I thought my stomach was. I also have some discomfort when I lay on my right side. It is like something is catching on the inside of my rib cage. If you can't find your answers with one doctor, go to another for a second opinion. Everyone gave a reason why I was having problems. I just thought I was going to die any day. I was right. When they took it out I had pinpoint hemorrhaging started. I would not have made it another month. Thank you God in Heaven for leading me to the ER that day. I also had complications after surgery. I had a hematoma develop. It caused severe pain. I am a CT scan princess at this point. Have you had a CT? If not ask for it. Good luck I would tell you to come to Nashville, TN at Vanderbilt, but I see you are a long way aways. I will add you to my prayers. ALso... I had a complete hysteretomy. These ademoma's and FNH grow from hormones. No one should ever take birth control pills or take hormone replacement therapy if you have had these tumors on your liver.

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Old 07-03-2011, 07:24 PM   #10
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

i have an 10.8 x 10.4 x 7.5 giant hemangioma centrally located..going for final MRI in am..then to surgeon on july 20 to discuss resection..very scared and so few people get them like that..at least i think so..so theres no one who can relate or docs cant seem to determine if this is the cause of my being so sick past year..i just dont know what to expect about anything honestly :O(

 
Old 07-04-2011, 12:38 AM   #11
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Re: I had a liver resection to remove a large tumor.

They grow from hormones, birth control, hormone replacement. If you take it.. Get off it.

 
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